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Plant of the Week: Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. 

Turquoise is not a common color in the plant world but that is exactly the hue of the extraordinary blooms of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Native to the Philippines, it is a vigorous tropical vine and can grow up to 50 feet long.


In Wave Hill’s Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, it extends under the roof for much of the length of the Tropical House―the left-hand arm of the building―and its spectacular, two- to three-foot racemes (elongated flower-clusters) hang down conveniently at head height—allowing for a very close view.


close-upIt is a member of the pea and bean family (Fabaceae) and, in the wild forests of its homeland, it is pollinated by nectar-drinking bats.

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